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  1. Very nice collection of 2nd ID helmets, they’re one of my personal favorites. Thank you for sharing them and especially your uncle’s story!
  2. Great closeups! I’ve found that if you adjust how bright you have the LEDs you can usually find a level that shows the true color pretty well.
  3. If you were to place two reasonably identical (markings, condition, IDed, etc) helmets on a table, but one was a swivel loop and the other a fixed loop, I would pick the fixed loop. They’re earlier helmets, were the most most commonly used, and if I have to make a choice I prefer them. However I have no issue with a helmet being a swivel loop, and unless the helmet is just a generic unmarked, no ID lid I give very little consideration to whether it is a fixed or swivel loop.
  4. Here is the only one I have, an unidentified WWII USN Bronze Star bar
  5. Sorry it wasn't clear, you are correct that the American holster is for the 1911. I believe that the German holster is that it was for the Browning Hi Power, which was being built by FN in Belgium at the time of the German occupation and was put into German service.
  6. Patches great picture, though I believe the man in the center is armed with a M1A1 Bazooka not a M1A1 Carbine.
  7. From what pictures have been posted,I think the holster may be for the Browning high power.
  8. Except the webbing is clearly the 50s OD7, not the WWII OD3. Oftentimes with use the 50s liners will fade to a more khaki appearance but the difference is obvious if you compare the color of the webbing to the color of the sweatband and nape strap, which are both WWII.
  9. Bumping this for the 25th anniversary of the shoot down.
  10. I agree with the biker angle. It looks like it has "Hell Movers" written on the front brim, which definitely sounds like some kind of biker group.
  11. Looking for the Purple Heart for 2nd Lieutenant Oliver A. Price. He was from Ohio and was KIA June 24th, 1944 as a Co-Pilot of a B-26 over France.
  12. Thank you for sharing a fellow Floridian's story! Purple Hearts for Floridians are not the easiest thing to find, and I'm always happy to see them with someone who honors their sacrifice.
  13. Firing the 14.5 trainer was a real blast,quite memorable. The one I fired belonged to Collectors Corner, the company that later became Ohio Ordnance. I do not know how many types of ammunition were available for the gun, but the day we were shooting, Bob had three, point detonation, as well as three and six second delay. The point detonated rounds had a pretty good boom,I was able to blow a 55 gallon drum off the hood of a car at around four hundred yards . The time delay rounds were great for air bursts over targets . The ammo ,which looks like a giant 38 special, was fairly common at gun shows years ago. Another point to make about the 14.5 trainer is that due to its caliber it may be subject to the NFA and should be registered as a destructive device if it is.
  14. I am not sure but I think it may be a 14.5 mm artillery trainer. It has been at least twenty years since I got to fire one at the knobb creek machine gun shoot, but if memory serves me correctly, this is what the gun portion of the trainer looks like.
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